7 Earn College Degrees at Illinois Prison’s First Graduation Ceremony

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Seven incarcerated people from an Illinois corrections facility earned bachelor’s degrees on May 15.

The new college graduates are from Stateville Correctional Center, WBEZ reported. The graduates completed Northeastern Illinois University’s University Without Walls (UWW) and Prison + Neighborhood Arts & Education Project (PNAP), a free program that offers classes in arts and humanities, according to PNAP’s website.

The bachelor’s degree program at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill is the only one of the few offered in Illinois prisons, according to WBEZ. The radio station identified the grads as Joseph Dole, Darrell Fair, Raúl Dorado, Marshall Stewart, Antonio Kendrick, Eric Watkins, and Devon Terrell.

Angela Davis, the Civil Rights icon and distinguished professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton attended the graduation ceremony. Chance the Rapper also performed a song during the ceremony, according to the PNAP website.

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